AMBER COCHRANE GUIDO
Amber is the owner and director of AC Dance Academy. The 2023-2024 season will mark the 17th year of ACDA! Owning a dance studio was something she always dreamed about and her goal has always been to create a positive, fun, loving and creative environment in which the students can express themselves and develop a passion for dance while learning great technique.
Amber and the studio staff have enjoyed 16 years of success and strive to get better each year. While Amber's background includes competing and that is offered at ACDA, it is very important to her that the recreational dancers feel as though they are just as important. Amber makes sure her staff takes time to make each and every child feel special during they're dance experience. The recreational program continues to grow and provide a fun space for children to learn to dance as a fun activity. The competitive program is thriving with our students gaining personal growth each year individually and also working together to grow and compete at a high level as a team.
While dance is her passion, Amber is most proud to be a wife to her husband Vince, and mother to her 3 children, Mason, Gio, and Ilaria.
Our staff is passionate, trained and ready to help our students and parents navigate the world of dance! All of our teachers teach beacause they cannot imagine life without dance and hope to instill that same passion in each and every student!
"It has always been a dream of mine to open
a dance studio and share the gift of dance
to the members of my community."
Andie has been an instructor at AC Dance Academy for 16 years. She was trained by the Artistic Director & Owner Amber Cochrane. Andie started as an assistant teacher during her high school career. She then became an independent teacher for AC Dance Academy at the young age of 18. Andie is experienced in teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Andie also has a background in Musical theater, which she uses to bring our students dancing to life. Andie is focused on bringing up to date knowledge and experience to our ACDA students. Andie is one of our choreographers for our Competitive Team. She has won multiple choreography and technique awards for her amazing work. She is very involved with both our recreational and competitive dancers. Above all, Andie is passionate about making sure our students have a fun and positive experience.
Andie is enjoying new parenthood with her partner Jordan and their baby girl, Aletta.
Racheal has been a ballet instructor for AC Dance Academy for the past 11 years. Racheal’s dance training began at an early age. She started at Doris Singer’s Dance Studio, where she studied ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz.
Over the past years, she studied from notable Ballet Masters such as, Dennis Nahat and Gladisa Guadalupe at The Cleveland Ballet, Roberto Munoz at Point Park College, Kenneth Nickel at LaRoche College, Mikhail Korogodsky at Philadelphia Dance Conservatory, and Patricia Wilde at The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She studied ballet, pointe, pas de deux, jazz, modern, and hip-hop dance.
She has performed in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. Also, she has performed various ballet variations in dance showcases. She was a trainee dancer for The Cleveland Ballet.
Racheal and her husband Bryan have 3 children. She enjoys reading and volunteering for her children’s school and community events.